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Railway Empire 2 (2023) is a train business management simulator where you construct a railway system to connect cities of early America and turn a profit. You place tracks and stations to link rural businesses with cities for supply, processing and distribution of goods. There are other train games, but the focus on business logistics and efficiency here tells a unique story of how the intercontinental railroad was built.

You complete tasks assigned by historical figures, based on real events that took place during the construction of the first railroad in America. You do this by placing train stations in cities or next to farms, and then building tracks between train stations. Trains can either transport freight goods like meat, vegetables and cotton, or mail and passengers. You have to choose what locomotive to use for each journey and employ employees to work on your most important trains.

After the first few scenarios, competitors are introduced. These rival tycoons will try to create a better railway system that more people use, which includes building new train stations near yours to steal your customers. You can deal with this by finding other sources of materials, hiring a criminal to fight back illegally, or by streamlining your service so that you have the faster trains. Each scenario begins with a set amount of money, which prompts you to decide which cities, farms and routes will be the most profitable.

The result is a game that combines a human-infrastructure story with all its complexity. The added focus on a specific historical period lends the experience a sense of place that other train simulations often lack.

Our examiner, Joe Eaton, first checked Railway Empire 2 23 months ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 5 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Simulation and Strategy game with Narrative, Sequencing, Traversal and World Building elements. This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 20 hours and 45 hours to complete. Each scenario can take from two to nine hours depending on skill of player and speed of game.

BenefitsBenefits

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Railway Empire 2 is Rated PEGI 12 for use of bad language including 'bloody'. Players can hire saboteurs to damage rivals' property. Explosions and smoke are seen coming off sabotaged buildings and trains, although no harm is seen to come to any humans. There are frequent references to alcohol and guns, which can be transported as freight. In cutscenes, characters are seen smoking or holding tobacco pipes and cigars in a historical context.

Rated for younger players in the US. Railway Empire 2 is Rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for Alcohol References, Mild Language, Use of Tobacco, and Violent References. In some cities, players build a brewery, which is accompanied by a symbol of a frothy beer mug; references to alcohol also appear in text (e.g., “…toasted with beer and whiskey.”) A handful of characters are depicted smoking cigars/cigarettes. Along the way, players can use a menu system to hire bandits and spies to sabotage and/or rob passengers of rival companies. The word “damn” appears in the dialogue.
This game offers additional add-on content such as extra scenarios to play. You do not need to buy the additional content to play the game.

Players may struggle with Railway Empire's lack of education surrounding Native Americans.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. It's also important to ensure children understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up.

CostsCosts

Railway Empire 2 usually costs £26.99 to £45.99.
 

Railway Empire

Steam Store PC £26.99

Railway Empire 2

Steam Store PC £45.99
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There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
 
Note that the "Complete Collection" edition of Railway Empire contains every add-on scenario listed. 
 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 25/05/2023

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Simulation, Strategy (Narrative, Sequencing, Traversal and World Building)

Accessibility: 29 features

Components: 3D First-Person

Developer: Kalypso Media (@KalypsoMedia)


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